Stopping a cold or flu is easier said than done.
Here we collect both professional and amateur tricks that are said to alleviate, prevent or even “cure” a cold.
Housewife tips rarely have scientific evidence, but it often does not hurt to try them out.
- Protein kick can keep the cold away
Some research suggests that diets that are too low in protein may impair the immune system. Therefore, it is good to get protein-rich foods such as fish, eggs and yogurt.
- Wipe off – get rid of cold viruses
All other equipment that requires touch, be sure to wipe off both before and after use.
- Skip the alcohol
Alcohol interferes with sleep quality, which in turn makes you more susceptible to diseases such as colds.
Some people like to take a nap, but it is bad for REM sleep which is important for brain activity.
- Honey water / Lemon water
Honey contains antioxidants and vitamins, which many people experience, for example, relieves a sore throat . Lemon water, which is rich in vitamin C, is said to counteract colds.
- Clean your workplace
You do not have to become a cleaning fundamentalist, but basic hygiene is good because many people are on the move in a workplace and take in various things. Use disinfectant at least once a week and do not forget that some cold or flu viruses live for up to 48 hours.
- Food for colds
Drink water often, it flushes out toxins from the lymphatic system. But another thing you can add is concentrated juice. Forward with the juice blender and toss in kale, broccoli, apple, arugula, parsley, cucumber, carrots, chard, lemon and mint. The recommended daily dose of fruit is nine whole portions – no one gets it – so the alternative is to drink it in concentrated form. It will not be more useful than that.
Another trick is to exhale if you pass someone who is coughing or sneezing. Then you can inhale again when you are at a proper distance. This is to avoid inhaling the air the person has just contaminated.
- Zinc as soon as you feel cold symptoms
If you start to feel sore throat and small cough, you should pop a bunch of zinc lozenges for a few days. They can relieve the symptoms of the common cold and make you feel better faster.
- Sweat and bathe
There is no evidence for that, but if you have the opportunity to bathe every day, it is said to be good protection against colds as it makes you get certain toxins out of the body when you sweat.
- Protect your hands
Wash your hands often and make sure to dry them thoroughly so they do not become crunchy. Then you can lubricate them with a hand cream.
- Forward with the liquor
If you do not have any hand alcohol with you, it is perfectly possible to use regular vodka. The high alcohol content disinfects perfectly.
- Private pen reduces the risk of colds
Whether it’s cold and flu season or not, you should always make sure you have your private pen with you. This way you avoid many risk zones. Some even use it to press the code into the ATMs.